Pitch Slapped

Delany was a freshman in high school and orientation was where clubs recruited the 'freshies'. Many clubs asked for her to come join but they all seemed to dorky like the chess club or book club. She didn't want to be a nerd like in middle school. She wanted to stand out, shine. That's when one specific club caught her eye, not just because of the guy recruiting with his brunette curls. Just the idea of it all. Being noticed.

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8. Bickering

Just entering my last period of the day, art. The teacher told us that we would be doing more painting until the people stopped switching in and out of this class, so I had a week of painting, joy.

"Hey." Niall said as I came and sat in my seat next to him.

"Hi." I replied.

"Ready for after school?" He asked.

"No." I answered.

"What? Are you nervous?" He laughed.

"As a mater of fact I am. I'm scared of what the Cowell is going to think, I'm scared of what you all are going to think, and I'm scared of being judged and put down." I admitted. 

"What? Your voice is pure gold. How could you be scared? After dumping that paint on my head I'm sure you can do anything," He laughed, "The only thing you should be scared of is Cher. She's controlling. If you get a solo in sectionals she's going to freak. She's usually the only one who gets solos besides Harry."

"Oh, gee, thanks for boosting up my self confidence." I said sarcastically.

"Sorry." He apologized.

I got up and walked to the storage closet. Now I am way more nervous than I already was. I opened the door. There was only one other person in here, Cher. 

"Hey." She smiled.

"Hi."

"Ready for your duet?" She asked.

"Yep." I said confidently.

"Oh, well I'm sure you'll do good. I don't know about Niall though." She said.

"What about him?" I asked.

"He's not the best singer." She told me.

"I'm a damn good singer." I heard a voice. I turned around to see Niall coming in and closing the door.

"Oh, Niall I didn't mean it like that." She tried to cover up the mess she made.

"I knew exactly what you meant." He glared at her.

"You know what!" Cher said.

"What? Tell me Cher. Are you gonna criticize me like you do everyone else?" He asked.

"You're a god damn awful singer!" She shouted at him.

"Like you're any better!" He shouted back.

Cher gasped, "That's why I get all the solos?" She questioned.

"Well Cher maybe not this year you won 't!" He yelled.

Cher laughed, "You think you're gonna get all the solos?"

"No, Delany is." He said.

"Delany? Really? She didn't even want to be part of the Manchester Mixers. She only joined because Harry charmed his way into get her to." Cher laughed.

"Cher shut up." The words accidentally slipped my mouth. 

"Excuse me?" She asked.

"You heard me. Stop arguing with Niall. You're going to do great and I won't be getting any solos. Like you said 'Harry charmed his way into getting me to join'," I used air quotes, "I'm not even that good so stop freaking arguing and get over yourself. Have a nice day." I smiled at her and grabbed Niall's arm and walked out the door.

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